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Mahiko San Log: The year that was, and will be (003)

Just random thoughts about the year that was… and moving into the new astral era, 2016!

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Hello guys it’s been a while hasn’t it! Although I promised at least a bi-monthly MSL, the latter part of 2015 was pretty brutal administration-wise. So let’s see..

Our staff has increased by 33.3%!!!!

Whoa! 33% is a huge growth!!!! Yes, it’s all true!!!! Amazing!! We have increased from TWO members to a whole THREE! You know what they say, “There’s strength in prime numbers!”. While I may have made up that quote, yes, we have a new helper – Welcome her in, my girlfriend Princess!!!!

So since around November last year – our organizational structure looks like this

  • Mahiko San: God.
  • Maruko San: Corporate communications, Planning & Strategy, attempts to apply business-like structure to fansite management (much needed improvement)
  • Princess: Slave

Princess, while not an expert in FF, has played the game and levelled up and is familiar with a lot of the chumpy aspects of FF. Her real purpose? To help me with the gruntwork which involves brainless copy/pasting, format checking, image uploading, spellchecking and other mundane activities. Which is good, since it frees up ‘god’ to make more meaningful updates!

Her motives are actually selfish – so I may ultimately have more free-time which SHE THINKS I’ll spend with her! What a value move!!! Here’s hoping she never reads this!

Mahiko San, if you are god – why have you forgotten us!

HAH! Divinity works in mysterious ways, scrub! The site is constantly being improved, even when the changes aren’t obvious. For example, my current goal is to refine all crafting guides to a modern standard. This little “bubble” of guides has 27 specific items in it.

2/8 leveling guides have been COMPLETELY REWORKED (ALC, ARM)
8/8 levequest list guides have been re-checked and fixed!
8/8 DoH class guides have been “princess fixed” but needs Gods Work

Are these new guides? No. Do you see them in the feed? The leveling guides, maybe. Again – you might NOT see these things, but a lot is happening behind the scenes. (for example, the linking to all levequest fish and ff14angler more-info links in the FSH leveling guide)

There’s a ton of little things going on. I haven’t forgotten about you guys or the site. FAITH is the framework in which gods operate. Have it, and I will come!

2015 – the Umbral Era

Ho boy, so where do I start here? What happened in 2015? Well, a couple things.

Heavensward Released

This one. This. Not like this… not like this… So basically my process follows a priority system like this:

  • Make patch specific guides (BiS, new content)
  • Any easy quick fixes to typos or info? Patch.
  • Any “eternally useful” guides missing? Create.
  • Any older guides need a major rehaul? Rework.

The last two share priority as “low”, but I’ve been focusing on that recently. So how did Heavensward break this pattern, and subsequently nearly break ME? See now, at the top of the list you get something like…

  • Create every 3.0 specific guide (Leveling guides to 60, new skills? scrip? gathering rotations? try. to. remember. just. how. much. heavensward. added.)

So everything else quickly ground to a halt. Not only did I have to play double-time to actually experience the new content, the more time-consuming part is actually CREATING these new guides!

So I remember getting a comment “You guys used to update so fast! Whats up?”, well, heavensward was like a nuclear bomb. I remember listing down all the updates I needed & guides that need creation – and the number was above TWO HUNDRED. Needless to say, I suffered burnout.

Alex Savage tore me a new one

To top it all off, we have the now infamous Alex Savage. This… so much this… Imagine doing this while tackling that beast? Our static was still within the first handful of people to clear, and lemme tell you… That just ripped into any soul I had left. Again, burnout. Which ultimately affected my site-work.

The administrative side

Ohhhh now here’s the one. I can go on a long rant about security issues but that would suck. So lemme just say that “We learned a lot” and did a lot of things to prevent this kinda stuff from happening.

  • We have a paid firewall and security service
  • We migrated to a more secure web host.
  • We improved our security protocols

Don’t wanna waste your time with all the details but things have been looking up since. The security issues were a huge toll on my mind and a hassle to you guys so it was our top priority for some time.

Lessons Learned

It’s hard to explain it here, but needless to say I learned a lot. When the next major patch hits – I will definitely be more prepared! So now im going back to the old flowchart of “Patch, Create, Rework”, because I want every guide to be up to my new standards. It wont happen overnight, but It’s something I want to give to the community.

2015 was tough, but my vitality increased by at least 17 points, coupled with about 30 DEF and MDEF so I’d say worth.

Visual Update – new theme

This one is a bit tricky! We’re currently looking at a few themes and testing them on our duplicate test site. We have a few issues with each theme we try, but please know we’re working hard on it. The main problem with FFXIVGuild is the content is SO WIDE. And most themes these days are quite thin.

It’s an interesting process, but in the meantime we can refine our current theme to be “usable”. It’s a move that we want to stick to for at LEAST 2 years so we wanna make it solid before doing so. Thanks for your patience!

Looking back, going forward

Honestly, there’s still so much more to say. But to summarize it, I’ll strive to make the site better for you guys. Simple as that, I guess!

You know, each time I write one of these I feel a little more relaxed. I don’t know if I can commit to scheduled posts, but I’ll try to write when I think it’s needed. It’s fun, but I honestly don’t know what’s holding me back in regards to this. Let’s see huh?

My to-do list grows and grows and 2015 seemed like it grew faster than it was getting chunked, but I’m getting more and more efficient at doing this, so I hope you all will continue to grow with me and FFXIVGuild.

Cheers,
Mahiko “God” San.

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FFXIVGuild Leveling Guide Directory

Just a tiny post showing all combat class leveling guides

Just a quick directory listing down all leveling guides for combat classes. Mainly to save menu space, which is in preparation for the site visual update.

Some are still missing, as these guides are what I was making before Heavensward was released. I hope to delete this sentence soon!

Base Class Leveling Guides

General Leveling Guide: Designed as a main supplementary resource to be read alongside the class-specific guides (Combat Class)

Archer leveling
Gladiator leveling
Lancer leveling
Marauder leveling
Pugilist leveling
Rogue leveling
Arcanist leveling
Conjurer leveling
Thaumaturge leveling

Job Leveling Guides

General Leveling Guide: Designed as a main supplementary resource to be read alongside the class-specific guides (Combat Class)

Paladin (Gladiator, Conjurer)
Warrior (Marauder, Gladiator)
Dark Knight (No Base Class)
White Mage (Conjurer, Arcanist)
Scholar (Arcanist, Conjurer)
Astrologian (No Base Class)
Summoner (Arcanist, Thaumaturge)
Black Mage (Thaumaturge, Archer)
Bard (Archer, Pugilist)
Machinist (No Base Class)
Dragoon (Lancer, Marauder)
Monk (Pugilist, Lancer)
Ninja (Rogue, Pugilist)

The job leveling guides are missing quite a bit of them, ey? I plan to update this very soon.

In any case, while this mini-guide doesn’t have any unique info… I need to make it for menu space saving and I guess it’s not a bad thing to have anyways. (This goes hand-in-hand with the whole site visual redesign)

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FFXIV 3.0 Relic/Anima Weapon Guide (ALL STEPS)

Find out how to obtain and upgrade your new 3.0 relic weapon

Quick Navigation: [Start 170 :: 10 Dungeons 200] [Base Anima: 210]

Go to: MOST RECENT UPGRADE STEP (Base Anima)

Hey guys! So here comes the new relic quest chain. Infusing another weapon with more soul energy and the expense of our OWN soul energy. Wether you like it or not – here it is. We will detail every known step in the new relic process! Use the links above if you’ve been here before! To those curious of the new 3.0 relic names, it’s in the 210 base anima page.

Step 1: FATEs (iLevel 170 Pre-relic ‘Animated’)

Starting Quest: Soul Without Life
Rewards: 170 Animated Seraph Cane
Previous step: None (2.0 relic)
Next step: “10 Dungeon” 200

(***This step can be SKIPPED by “handing in” your ZETA 2.0 Relic.)

This step rewards you with an item level 170 “Pre-relic”, like ITEMLINKED. It’s very reminiscent of the 2.0 ATMA step, which was quite vile. In any case, this step can be summarized by saying you need to get 3 items that drop after completing FATEs, from each of the six heavensward zones.

These luminous elemental crystals drop by chance. so pray to the RNG gods. Let’s begin by listing which element drops where (ordered by level)

Reminder: You only need THREE from each of the SIX Heavenward maps (18 total)

Coerthas Western Highlands Ice
Dravanian Forelands Earth
Sea of Clouds Wind
Churning Mists Lightning
Dravanian Hinterlands Water
Azys Lla Fire

Of course this comes with some questions, and possible value moves –

Can I fate with any class? Yes! You can even level up other low-level classes while finding these ‘Atmas’. This is by far the best change they did in comparison to the 2.0 atma step.

Do I need to a specific weapon equipped? Nope. Since you can use any class, this would be in direct conflict.

Does the quest need to be active? I guess YES, and random fating wouldn’t drop these things if you didn’t have the quest active in your log (needs confirmation).

What participation in the FATE do I need? Gold? I need confirmation on this. ATMAS needed a single tag (Bronze up), but I DO NOT KNOW if it’s the same for this. To be safe, go for gold.

PROTIPS: Use the PF to find groups or make one yourself. It’s always better to FATE as a chunk. Also, complete and chase FATEs in a smart manner, try to finish ones with a lesser timer remaining (if you can make it). Sometimes, avoiding mega-boss FATEs is smart, simply due to the time spent. Any FATE that fails will be reset to the easiest difficulty when it spawns again, conversely, FATES which succeed repeatedly get tougher and tougher.

Step 2: 10 Dungeons (iLevel 200 Awoken pre-relic)

Starting Quest: Toughening Up
Rewards: 200 Seraph Cane Awoken
Previous step: “FATEs” 170
Next step: “Base Anima” 210

This portion is quite simple. Complete 10 dungeons and you’re done.

Dungeons in order
Snowcloak
Sastasha (Hard)
Qarn (Hard)
Keeper of the Lake
Wanderer’s Palace (Hard)
Amdapor Keep (Hard)
Dusk Vigil
Sohm Al
The Aery
The Vault

Do I have to wear a specific weapon? Yes you must wear the 170 relic AS YOU ZONE OUT. Unlike the Animus wherein you had to wear it while killing the final boss.These dungeons MUST BE COMPLETED in order. There’s not much else to say here. Again, listing down the usual questions and tips below…

Can I use any class? No, since you have to be wearing the weapon as you zone out.

Can the older dungeons be level synced? Yes! This saves us from some of the pain, at least.

PROTIP: DPS will have a harder time with this I assume, due to dungeon queue times. PF may or may not even help here, due to the fact that waiting for it to fill up might be slower than actually just queueing. Try it out, anyway. You may get a group willing to go all the way.

Ok so those first two steps weren’t so bad, right? Next step (3): Base Anima 210 – is where the TRUE grind begins. But before you worry about it, let me give you a short lived congratulations on your EZ 200 weapon.

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FFXIV Carpentry Leveling Guide (Updated 50 to 60!)

UPDATED TO 60! “I happen to have hardwood” CRP Leveling to 60 in no time! CRP Levequest Items comparisons and value moves per tier!

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Decided on getting CRP to 50 ey? Let the Blessing of Byregot the builder manifest within you (With good material condition or better)! Let our Carpenter leveling guide help you out!

Have the woods in Ishgard petrified by your arrival?? [Carpentry Level 50 to 60]! Begin the deforestation!

If you’ve been here before and need quick navigation: CRP Level [0-15][15-35][35-50] [50 to 60]

Before you begin…

Where is the Carpenter Guild? How to become a Carpenter? You can become a Carpenter by visiting the Carpenters Guild in Gridania. If you have at least L10 in any combat class – it’s sawing and nailing time!

Updating your Carpentry Gear is quite important if you’re going to be crafting your own leve items. We have a Crafting Gear Guide to help you out on that.

Carpenter Class Quest Item Reference:

CRP 01: Maple Lumber
CRP 05: 3x Square Maple Shield
CRP 10: 12x Ash Lumber
CRP 15: Feather Harpoon, Ash Shortbow
CRP 20: Iron Lance (Materia Enhanced)
CRP 25: (HQ) Walnut Lumber
CRP 30: (HQ) Walnut Cane
CRP 35: (HQ) Oak Longbow
CRP 40: (HQ) Oak Composite Bow
CRP 45: (All HQ) Cobalt Halberd, Jade Crook, Yew Longbow
CRP 50: (HQ) Rosewood Lumber (HQ) Crab Bow (Melded with: Savage Aim Materia III)

Just use the above as a quick reference if completing multiple Carpenter class quests at once.

Levequest Items Discussion?

Every tier has 3 kinds of Leves:

  • [1]Single Submit Leves: Levemete & submission are just a short walk from each other.
  • [C]ourier Leves: Levemete is from the [H]ometown, to be submitted to the [L]ocal Levemete.
  • [R]epeatable Leves.

Notes: [1]Single and [3]Repeatable Leves (1 each) are from the [H]ometown, and [L]ocal levemete. [C]ourier leves will always give the Highest EXP per craft, but require alot of time, and travel costs. [3]epeatable leves will always give the Highest EXP per Leve. If you value your leves alot or don’t have many left, these are good. But, they are thrice as expensive. We will recommend the best [1] and [3] levequest(s) for every tier. Note that this depends on server prices and might not apply to you (Unlikely). We will comment on every tiers [C] levequest but will likely never recommend it. Use [C] levequests at your own discretion! Also, a Precursor item means it requires a fully crafted item AS A MATERIAL.

Useful links to have open: Crafting Gear Guide | Carpenter Leves Guide

Carpenter Level 1-15: The early levels

We DO NOT advise using Leves for these low levels. If you really feel like using leves for these tiers:

CRP 1 Leve Recommendation: [H][1] – Maple Patterns
CRP 5 Leve Recommendation: [H][1] – Ash Mauahuitl
CRP 10 Leve Recommendation: [H][1] – Ash Radical

Using Courier / Reverse Courier is the most efficient use of leves in these tiers:

Level 1:  Maple Clogs / 3x Maple Lumber [The Bannock] Level 5: Maple Crook / Maple Cane [The Bannock] Level 10:  3x Ash Lumber / Square Ash Shield [Bentbranch Meadows] [Our usual shopping list route for the early levels will be added shortly]

You can get to CRP 15 in less than an hour if buy a Company-issue Engineering Scroll. The GC Scrolls These can be bought from your GC’s supplier NPC.

After completing the shopping list above, activate your scroll and be 15++ quick!

CRP Level [0-15][15-35][35-50] [50 to 60]

FFXIV Leatherworking Leveling Guide (Updated 50 to 60)

UPDATED to 60! “Deez Dragonskins” Leatherworking power leveling to 60 ASAP! LTW Levequest Items comparisons and value moves per tier!

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So you decided to level up a Leatherworker ey!? Guildmaster Geva’s a tough one! Use our Leatherworking 01-50 leveling guide to help speed up the process!

Spreading waifu Geva’s teachings in Ishgard? [Leatherworker 50 to 60]! Don’t scrape by, scrub!

If you’ve been here before and need quick navigation: LTW Level [0-15][15-35][35-50] [50 to 60]

Before you begin…

Where is the Leatherworker Guild? How to become a Leatherworker? You can become a Leatherworker by visiting the Leatherworkers Guild in Gridania. If you have at least L10 in any combat class – you’re on your way to fashion fandom!

Updating your Cooking Gear is quite important if you’re going to be crafting your own leve items. We have a Crafting Gear Guide to help you out on that.

Leatherworker Class Quest Item Reference:

LTW 01: Leather
LTW 05: 3x Leather Choker
LTW 10: 12x Hard Leather
LTW 15: Hard Leather Caligae & Hard Leather Choker
LTW 20: Goatskin Leggings (Materia-Enhanced)
LTW 25: (HQ) Toad Leather
LTW 30: (HQ) Toadskin Jacket
LTW 35: (HQ) Boarskin Ringbands
LTW 40: (HQ) Boarskin Smithy Gloves
LTW 45: (All HQ) Fingerless Raptorskin Gloves, Raptorskin Targe, Raptorskin Choker
LTW 50: (HQ) Raptorskin Jerkin (Melded with: Gatherers Grasp III Materia)

Just use the above as a quick reference if completing multiple Leatherworker class quests at once.

Levequest Items Discussion?

Every tier has 3 kinds of Leves:

  • [1]Single Submit Leves: Levemete & submission are just a short walk from each other.
  • [C]ourier Leves: Levemete is from the [H]ometown, to be submitted to the [L]ocal Levemete.
  • [R]epeatable Leves.

Notes: [1]Single and [3]Repeatable Leves (1 each) are from the [H]ometown, and [L]ocal levemete. [C]ourier leves will always give the Highest EXP per craft, but require alot of time, and travel costs. [3]epeatable leves will always give the Highest EXP per Leve. If you value your leves alot or don’t have many left, these are good. But, they are thrice as expensive. We will recommend the best [1] and [3] levequest(s) for every tier. Note that this depends on server prices and might not apply to you (Unlikely). We will comment on every tiers [C] levequest but will likely never recommend it. Use [C] levequests at your own discretion! Also, a Precursor item means it requires a fully crafted item AS A MATERIAL.

Useful links to have open: Crafting Gear Guide | Leatherworker Leves Guide

Leatherworker Level 1-15: The early levels

We DO NOT advise using Regular Leves for these low levels. Using Courier / Reverse Courier is the most efficient use of leves in these tiers:

Level 1: Leather Duckbills / 3x Leather [The Bannock] Level 5: Leather Mitts / Fingerless Leather Gloves [The Bannock] Level 10: Hard Leather Caligae / Hard Leather Hunting Belt [Bentbranch Meadows]

All of the Courier quests start from Gridania.

If you want to use spammy single submits…

LTW 1 Leve Recommendation: [H][1] – Leather Choker [The Bannock]
LTW 5 Leve Recommendation: [H][1] – Leather Himantes [Gridania]
LTW 10 Leve Recommendation: [H][1] – Hard Leather Caligae [The Bannock]

LTW Level [0-15] [15-35] [35-50] [50 to 60]

FFXIV Blacksmith Leveling Guide (Updated 50 to 60!)

UPDATED to 60! “Are these leves real?” Blacksmith power leveling to 60 ASAP! BSM Levequest Items comparisons and value moves per tier!

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Heat the forges and start Blacksmithing! This Blacksmith Leveling Guide will hopefully make your journey to 60 quick and easy!

Smelting deez metals in Ishgard? [Blacksmith level 50 to 60]! Nao!

If you’ve been here before and need quick navigation: BSM Level [0-15][15-35][35-50]

Before you begin…

Where is the Blacksmith Guild? How to become a Blacksmith? You can become a Blacksmith by visiting the Blacksmiths Guild in Limsa. If you have at least L10 in any combat class – you can begin smithin’ it up!

Updating your Blacksmithing Gear is quite important if you’re going to be crafting your own leve items. We have a Crafting Gear Guide to help you out on that.

Blacksmith Class Quest Item Reference:

BSM 01: Bronze Ingot
BSM 05: 3x Bronze Cross-pein Hammer
BSM 10: 12x Bronze Rivets
BSM 15: Bronze Spatha, Spiked Bronze Labrys
BSM 20: Iron Cross-Pein Hammer (Materia Enhanced)
BSM 25: (HQ) Steel Ingot
BSM 30: (HQ) Plumed Iron Hatchet
BSM 35: (HQ) Steel Bhuj
BSM 40: (HQ) Wrapped Crowsbeak Hammer
BSM 45: (All HQ) Cobalt Knuckles, Buccaneer Bardiche, Cobalt Shamshir
BSM 50: (HQ) Cobalt Winglet (Melded with: Savage Might Materia III)

Just use the above as a quick reference if completing multiple Blacksmith class quests at once.

Levequest Items Discussion?

Every tier has 3 kinds of Leves:

  • [1]Single Submit Leves: Levemete & submission are just a short walk from each other.
  • [C]ourier Leves: Levemete is from the [H]ometown, to be submitted to the [L]ocal Levemete.
  • [R]epeatable Leves.

Notes: [1]Single and [3]Repeatable Leves (1 each) are from the [H]ometown, and [L]ocal levemete. [C]ourier leves will always give the Highest EXP per craft, but require alot of time, and travel costs. [3]epeatable leves will always give the Highest EXP per Leve. If you value your leves alot or don’t have many left, these are good. But, they are thrice as expensive. We will recommend the best [1] and [3] levequest(s) for every tier. Note that this depends on server prices and might not apply to you (Unlikely). We will comment on every tiers [C] levequest but will likely never recommend it. Use [C] levequests at your own discretion! Also, a Precursor item means it requires a fully crafted item AS A MATERIAL, which is bad.

Useful links to have open: Crafting Gear Guide | Blacksmith Leves Guide

Blacksmith Level 1-15: The early levels

We DO NOT advise using Leves for these low levels. If you really feel like using leves for these tiers:

BSM 1 Leve Recommendation: [H][1] – Bronze Saw
BSM 5 Leve Recommendation: [H][1] – Bronze Gladius
BSM 10 Leve Recommendation: [H][1] – Bronze Spatha

Doing the Courier / Reverse Courier route is also great:

Level 1:  Bronze Rivets x5 / Bronze Dagger [ Red Rooster Stead ] Level 5: Bronze Head Knife / Bronze Pickaxe [ Red Rooster Stead ] Level 10:  Bronze Knuckles / Spiked Bronze Labrys[ Swiftperch ] [Our usual shopping list route for the early levels will be added shortly]

You can get to BSM 15 in less than an hour if buy a Company-issue Engineering Scroll. The GC Scrolls These can be bought from your GC’s supplier NPC.

After completing the shopping list above, activate your scroll and be 15++ quick!

BSM Level [0-15] [15-35] [35-50] [50 to 60]

FFXIV Botany Levequests (Evaluation) & ‘Best per tier’

Find out the best botany leves per tier, and how to maximize the use of levequests for you botanist.

Welcome! This is a quick resource about the best botany levequests per leve tier. If you’re reading this you’ll wanna read: Botany Leveling Guide. Not much else to put in this intro – but I suggest you read the short mini-guide before the table. Also, always remember…

When in doubt: “Flower Elf” and “Catgirl Fishing” best.
“Lala” and “King” are garbage.

Inequality!!! Not all botany levequests are equal. Of the 4 types of leves you can get, 2 are far better than the other 2. Like I said: Flower Elf > Catgirl Fishing > Lala/King (Equally bad). The problem is the massive difference between the good and the bad… in any case – avoid the latter if you can.

Evaluation Botany Leves: are the what I called the “Flower Elf (FE)” and “Catgirl Fishing (CF)”. If you get the highest possible evaluation rating – you get a chunky EXP bonus. This is what you want! This can be hard to do if your gear is severely outdated.

Levequest Engineering: is the process of ‘forcing’ certain levequests to pop for you. How is this achieved?

  1. Accept all available botany levequests when you reach a new levemete.
  2. Complete them all BUT DO NOT SUBMIT THEM.
  3. Only submit and gain the rewards for “FE” or “CF”.
  4. FE and/or CF should be available again from levemete.
  5. Only submit the “King” and “Lala” variants when you’re ready to go next tier.

List of Botany Levequests (Evaluation)

So I’m going to be listing all Flower Elf (FE) and Catgirl Fishing (CF). Any other leve not listed here is of considerably LESS value. Please note that FE>CF, and read the ‘levequest engineering’ section up top. Not every tier have both.

Leves marked (L) are Botany Temple Leves which cost 10 Leve Allowances, but give larger rewards.

LEVEQUEST LINKING SEEMS TO BE BROKEN FOR XIVDB FOR NOW

LvlFlower Elf (FE)LinkCatgirl Fishing (CF)Link
58A Taste of Their Own Medicinehttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1174/A-Taste-of-Their-Own-MedicineWatching the Western Wallhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1172/Watching-the-Western-Wall
58Thank You for Smoke Screening (L)http://xivdb.com/?leve/1177/Thank-You-for-Smoke-Screening-(L)Blending In (L)http://xivdb.com/?leve/1175/Blending-In-(L)
56The Anointing of the Deadhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1168/The-Anointing-of-the-Dead-
56Nectar of the Goddess (L)http://xivdb.com/?leve/1171/Nectar-of-the-Goddess-(L)-
54Chewed Up and Snuffed Outhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1162/Chewed-Up-and-Snuffed-OutYout Mother Is Medicine and Your Father Is the Wildhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1160/Your-Mother-Is-Medicine-and-Your-Father-Is-the-Wild
54Hybrid Theories (L)http://xivdb.com/?leve/1165/Hybrid-Theories-(L)Exotic Remedies (L)http://xivdb.com/?leve/1163/Exotic-Remedies-(L)
52--Ladies and Gentianshttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1154/Ladies-and-Gentians
52--Coat The Harm (L)http://xivdb.com/?leve/1157/Coat-the-Harm-(L)
50Warm in Their Bedshttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1150/Warm-in-Their-BedsDoes This Look Infectedhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1148/Does-This-Look-Infected?
50No Rest For The Thicket (L)http://xivdb.com/?leve/1153/No-Rest-for-the-Thicket-(L)Secondhand Smoke Screen (L)http://xivdb.com/?leve/1151/Secondhand-Smoke-Screen-(L)
45See How They Shinehttp://xivdb.com/?leve/713/See-How-They-ShineCaught in the Long Grasshttp://xivdb.com/?leve/710/Caught-in-the-Long-Grass
40Sign of the Crimeshttp://xivdb.com/?leve/709/Sign-of-the-CrimesPlague on Both Our Forestshttp://xivdb.com/?leve/706/Plague-on-Both-Our-Forests
35Catch My Drifthttp://xivdb.com/?leve/705/Catch-My-DriftA Stash of Herbshttp://xivdb.com/?leve/702/A-Stash-of-Herbs
30--The Palm in Your Handhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/698/The-Palm-in-Your-Hand
25--Over the Underbrushhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/694/Over-the-Underbrush
20--Nowhere to Slidehttp://xivdb.com/?leve/690/Nowhere-to-Slide
15Briar in the Holehttp://xivdb.com/?leve/689/Briar-in-the-HoleThe Quick and the Deadhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/686/The-Quick-and-the-Dead
10The Heart of the Hedgehttp://xivdb.com/?leve/685/The-Heart-of-the-HedgeWest Bank Storyhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/683/West-Bank-Story
10--A Chest of Nutshttp://xivdb.com/?leve/682/A-Chest-of-Nuts
05--Let the Sun Shine Inhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/678/Let-the-Sun-Shine-In
05--If a Tree Fallshttp://xivdb.com/?leve/679/If-a-Tree-Falls
01--Waking Woodhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/674/Waking-Wood
01--East Bank Storyhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/675/East-Bank-Story

Well, it’s a basic resource! Hopefully it was useful to you! GLHF Leveling up your botanist! It gets better after 50, trust me! For more FFXIV updates like us on Facebook! Message us on Twitter! See you around, “Plantsbane”!

FFXIV Mining Levequests (Evaluation) & ‘Best per tier’

Find out the best mining leves per tier, and how to maximize the use of levequests for you miner.

Hey guys! This is a short guide detailing the best mining levequests per leve tier. If you’re here you’re probably going to want to see: Mining Leveling Guide. There’s not much else to say about that, I guess – but I’ll have a brief explanation for the newer players:

When in doubt: “Flower Elf” and “Catgirl Fishing” best.
“Lala” and “King” are garbage.

Sadly, not all mining levequests are equal. Of the 4 types of leves you can get, 2 are far superior than the other 2. As stated earlier: Flower Elf > Catgirl Fishing > Lala/King (Equally bad). The problem is the massive disparity between the good ones and the bad ones… in any case – avoid the latter if you can.

Evaluation Mining Leves: are the aforementioned “Flower Elf (FE)” and “Catgirl Fishing (CF)”. If you get the highest possible evaluation rating – you get a massive EXP bonus. This is what you’re after! Careful, it can be a pain if your miner has bad gear.

Levequest Engineering: is the process of ‘forcing’ certain levequests to pop for you. How is this achieved?

  1. Accept all available mining levequests when you reach a new levemete.
  2. Complete them all BUT DO NOT SUBMIT THEM.
  3. Only submit and gain the rewards for “FE” or “CF”.
  4. FE and/or CF should be available again from levemete.
  5. Only submit the “King” and “Lala” variants when you’re ready to go next tier.

List of Mining Levequests (Evaluation)

So I’m going to be listing all Flower Elf (FE) and Catgirl Fishing (CF). Any other leve not listed here is of considerably LESS value. Please note that FE>CF, and read the ‘levequest engineering’ section up top. Not every tier have both.

Leves marked (L) are Mining Temple Leves which cost 10 Leve Allowances, but give larger rewards.

LEVEQUEST LINKING SEEMS TO BE BROKEN FOR XIVDB FOR NOW

LvlFlower Elf (FE) Catgirl Fishing (CF) 
58Dragonproofinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1204/DragonproofingSticking It Outhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1202/Sticking-It-Out
58Sharlayan Sympathizers (L)http://xivdb.com/?leve/1207/Sharlayan-Sympathizers-(L)Pommeling The Enemy (L)http://xivdb.com/?leve/1205/Pommeling-the-Enemy-(L)
56Mortarin'http://xivdb.com/?leve/1198/Mortarin%27--
56A Spire For New Heights (L)http://xivdb.com/?leve/1201/A-Spire-for-New-Heights--
54Talk About Boundarieshttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1192/Talk-about-BoundariesFrom Creepers to Squattershttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1190/From-Creepers-to-Squatters
54HIstory Needs Some Revisions (L)http://xivdb.com/?leve/1195/History-Needs-Some-Revisions-(L)All Of These Bases Belong to Us (L)http://xivdb.com/?leve/1193/All-of-These-Bases-Belong-to-Us-(L)
52--Permit for Destruction of Religious Propertyhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1184/Permit-for-Destruction-of-Religious-Property
52--Rose Never Lets Go (L)http://xivdb.com/?leve/1187/Rose-Never-Lets-Go-(L)
50The Merits of Upcyclinghttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1180/The-Merits-of-UpcyclingTaken for Granitehttp://xivdb.com/?leve/1178/Taken-for-Granite
50Breaking Beacons (L)http://xivdb.com/?leve/1183/Breaking-Beacons-(L)The Basics of Forgery (L)http://xivdb.com/?leve/1181/The-Basics-of-Forgery-(L)
45Hybrid Hypotheseshttp://xivdb.com/?leve/753/Hybrid-HypothesesMetal Has No Masterhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/750/Metal-Has-No-Master
40Not Losing Our Heads This Timehttp://xivdb.com/?leve/749/Not-Losing-Our-Heads-This-TimeNature is a Monsterhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/746/Nature-Is-a-Monster
35Mythril Madnesshttp://xivdb.com/?leve/745/Mythril-MadnessRocks for Brainshttp://xivdb.com/?leve/742/Rocks-for-Brains
30--I Kidd You Nothttp://xivdb.com/?leve/738/I-Kidd-You-Not
25--Fool Me Twicehttp://xivdb.com/?leve/734/Fool-Me-Twice
20--Look How They Shine for Youhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/730/Look-How-They-Shine-for-You
15The Doom that Came to Belah'diahttp://xivdb.com/?leve/729/The-Doom-that-Came-to-Belah%27diaA Man's Gotta Dreamhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/726/A-Man%27s-Gotta-Dream
10We Do This the Hard Wayhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/725/We-Do-This-the-Hard-WayThat's Why They Call It Fool's Goldhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/723/That%27s-Why-They-Call-It-Fool%27s-Gold
10--Break It Uphttp://xivdb.com/?leve/722/Break-It-Up
05--Do They Ore Don't Theyhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/719/Do-They-Ore-Don%27t-They
05--Vanishing Pointhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/718/Vanishing-Point
01--Who Needs the Paperworkhttp://xivdb.com/?leve/715/Who-Needs-the-Paperwork
01--Rubble Bubblehttp://xivdb.com/?leve/714/Rubble-Bubble

The information was compiled by my very beautiful girlfriend. :D Who helps me out from time to time.

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FFXIV 3.1 Dungeons: Arboretum, Pharos (Hard)

A quick one page strategy guide for both of the new 3.1 dungeons: Saint Mociannes Arboretum and Pharos Sirius (Hard).

Hi guys! Thanks for reading our 3.1 quick dungeon guides: these are namely Saint Mociannes Arboretum and Pharos Sirius (Hard). I decided to make a universal guide for both the dungeons since I feel they don’t need a page each.

Quick Navigation: Arboretum : Pharos HM

Basic FAQs about both:

  • iLevel requirement to enter: 170
  • Drops items with iLevel 185
    • Some very unique helmet and chest models – make sure to try on!
  • Has some interesting new mechanics and design – a bright sign for future duties!
  • Always remember the golden rule of dungeons…

“When in doubt – dodge the shiny AoE!”


Saint Mociannes Arboretum

Unlocking Saint Mociannes Arboretum, the quest can be found in Dravanian Hinterlands (12, 19), Quest Name “An Overgrown Ambition”, NPC: Tetchy Treasure Hunter. The nearest aetheryte is Idyllshire, then walk out of the left entrance.

Arboretum 1st Boss: Morbol (Rose Hip)

Periodically spawns small cute morbols that do a small cone AoE. The boss himself will also do an AoE, which he rotates around the room.

Kill adds or bad things happen.

Arboretum 2nd Boss: Bee (Queen Hawk)

Okay so this is the only troublesome mechanic here: BEES WILL SPAWN OUTSIDE THE MAP. These bees will shoot a laser straight down the path they’re looking. These 2 chunks of bees will always spawn in a “crosslike” formation so you have to pay attention where they are and where they will shoot. That’s about it.

Kill adds or bad things happen.

Arboretum Last Boss: Plant (Belladonna)

Okay i’ll be honest with you here. I don’t exactly know what the hell is going on. But dodging and healing seems to be enough to pass this boss. I’m not sure if there are special interactions (which I’m sure there is), feel free to let me know. I’m pretty sure one of them is a gaze attack you should face backwards one.

In any case, yeah, this boss… I’m not sure what happened but thankfully there’s no mechanic with a “wipe if failed” thing. So uhhh.. yeah… lemme know.


 

Pharos Sirius (Hard)

Unlocking Pharos Sirius (Hard), the quest can be found in Limsa Upper Decks (12, 12), Quest Name “Things are Getting Sirius”, NPC: Trachraet. The nearest aetheryte is Limsa Lower Decks, then take the aethernet to ‘The Aftcastle’.

Pharos has two non-boss areas which can cause trouble, I listed them below as “Long hallway with bombs” and “Bomb Room”.

Pharos Hard 1st Boss: “dude” (Ghrah Luminary)

Bring tethers to spheres. Only one tether can be attached to one sphere (?). Spheres become adds then kill them. No other notable mechanic.

Map Mechanics: Long Hallway with bombs

This long pull starts when you see some big armored dude. You can tell when you see little bombs suiciding to bother you guys. Proficient groups will pull ALL THE WAY TO THE END. Otherwise this is a huge time sink.

Pharos Hard 2nd Boss: Mr. Kobold (Be Gu)

Main mechanic is: DPS should pull slimes to vents, killing the slimes will ‘seal’ the vent – and prevent bad things from happening.

Kill all adds to prevent buffing boss (buffs if close, afaik).

Map mechanics: Bomb Room

Little bombs will spawn from machines and target walls – if they destroy a wall things get messy. So for this room with three “bomb-generators” simply have the tank pull all baddies, and have dps kill all bomb generators.

Failing to do this properly or fast enough is a massive time delay, and overall hassle.

Pharos Hard Last Boss: Fat Fire (Progenitor)

In the first phase (while he’s red), nothing special really happens here. The second phase (while he’s blue) has some interesting mechanics:

Blue and Red bombs can be pushed:  You do not need to kill these guys, simply prevent them from uniting! Ranged DPS or healers are the best bet to “reset” these guys, but of course, as melee – if you see it you may as well.

Grey Flame are the adds you have to kill.

Big Burst deals more damage if your DPS is lower. So try to do a bit more when he casts this. I don’t think any group with braincells will wipe to it regardless.


 

 

Quick Navigation: Arboretum : Pharos HM

Overall, I gotta say I was very happy with the new dungeons in 3.1 – they went slightly outside their comfort zone with mechanics and it’s a bright sign for things to come! Hopefully this guide saved you from a wipe or two – GLHF with these great new dungeons!

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